Thanksgiving Weekend at LACMA: Members Appreciation Days, John Woo’s Red Cliff, and More

It being Thanksgiving, there’s a good chance you’ve got family in town this weekend. Why not bring them to LACMA? Don’t forget that all kids under 18 get into the museum for free. With (count ‘em) eight special exhibitions,  kid-friendly artworks like Urban Light and Richard Serra’s massive sculptures, free art-making activities in the Boone Children’s Gallery, and the park and the tar pits here too, it’s a great place to bring family for a few hours or all day. If you’ve got young kids, we also have Storytelling in the Boone Children’s Gallery on Friday at noon. (In fact, take note: we now have storytelling in the Boone every Monday and Friday at noon!) This weekend we also have storytelling in the museum store on both Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm. On Saturday author Antonio Sacre will read La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story, and on Sunday illustrator Tao Nyeu will present his book, Wonder Bear.

If you’re a LACMA member you have double the incentive to come to the museum this weekend, as we’re holding our annual Members Appreciation Days on Saturday and Sunday. Members get 20% off all merchandise in the museum stores (usually 10%), plus 10% off at both restaurants on campus. There will also be a few author events in the stores and a trunk show from Zenzara. Check here for a detailed schedule of what’s happening when. 

Maybe you don’t want to shop this weekend, and instead would prefer a five-hour epic of third-century Chinese warriors. Good news! We’ve got that too, in the form of the Los Angeles premiere of John Woo’s Red Cliff, starring Tony Leung. The film has broken box office records in Asia and this is the first time the full version will be screened in LA. We’ve broken it into two parts. Part 1 will screen Friday night, and again on Saturday night; Part 2 will screen on Saturday only. Here’s the magnificent-looking trailer:

Finally, our free Sundays Live series continues this weekend with a concert by cellist Ruslan Biryukov and pianist Pavel Petrov, performing works by Handel, Cassadó, and Barber—a perfect ending to a long weekend.

Scott Tennent

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